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Premier League TABLE scores and fixtures

 

PosTeamPlayedGDPoints
1Liverpool (C)344992
2Manchester City345269
3Chelsea3417

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4Leicester City343259
5Manchester United342658
6Wolves34852
7Sheffield United34251
8Arsenal34850
9Tottenham34849
10Burnley34-849
11Everton34-845
12Southampton34-1344
13Newcastle34-1543
14Crystal Palace34-1342
15Brighton34-1136
16West Ham United34-1931
17Watford34-2231
18Bournemouth34-2728
19Aston Villa34-2927
20Norwich34-3721

Latest Results

  • Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United
  • Everton 1-1 Southampton
  • Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham
  • Brighton 1-3 Liverpool
  • Sheffield United 1-0 Wolves 
  • West Ham United 0-1 Burnley
  • Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United
  • Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City
  • Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea
  • Watford 2-1 Norwich City

Upcoming Fixtures

  • Norwich City vs West Ham United Saturday 11th July 12:30pm
  • Watford vs Newcastle United Saturday 11th July 12:30pm
  • Liverpool vs Burnley Saturday 11th July 3pm
  • Sheffield United vs Chelsea Saturday 11th July 5:30pm
  • Brighton vs Manchester City Saturday 11th July 8pm
  • Wolves vs Everton Sunday 12th July 12pm
  • Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace Sunday 12th July 2:15pm
  • Tottenham vs Arsenal Sunday 12th July 4:30pm
  • Bournemouth vs Leicester City Sunday 12th July 7pm
  • Manchester United vs Southampton Monday 13th July 8pm

You can see the run in and out assessment of the race for European Football here.

 

What have we learnt since the Premier League resumption?

After the return of Premiership football to our screens, have we really learnt much about the League since the resumption?

Well, the wait has certainly been worth it some pundits have said but has it really been worth the build-up of over 100 days?

What we have learned already is that Liverpool are a step closer to their title dream. We are all having to get used to the sight of very few people inside stadiums. VAR certainly won’t go away and even technology has the odd blip, which leads to more controversy up and down the land.

As we are all getting used to viewing football as we have never seen before. One good talking point has been welcomed around the country. The sight of both sets of players, officials and team personal taking the knee in solidarity together. Such a welcome sight and fully applauded. It’s is so good to see the Premier League sending out a message to the rest of the footballing and sporting world that Black Lifes Matter.

Aside from Liverpool edging towards lifting the title, on just the first day back since the resumption, controversy reared its ugly head once again when Sheffield United were denied a certain goal when technology failed. Admittedly it’s the first time this has unfortunately happened for over 9,000 times the system has been in place. What a time for this to happen, as the Premiership was taking centre stage.

One has to feel sorry for Michael Oliver- England’s top referee- as he was trying to explaining to surrounding players that his watch didn’t make a noise to indicate that the ball had crossed the line. Not his fault but wouldn’t it have been more sensible that somebody in the truck watching pictures of the match would have seen that clearly the ball was over the line? That person in the VAR room could then have communicated with Oliver to say to him to check the monitor at the ground and make his own mind up about the decision. If he was allowed to do this, then make no mistakes Sheffield Utd would have been awarded the goal.

We also learnt since the resumption that Arsenal players are certainly struggling with fitness levels, having already seen a handful of players taken off through picking up injuries. Clearly the three-month break has affected them, which is a big concern of their fitness levels. Yes, every team has looked leggy at times which is understandable due to not playing competitive football for over three months but for some sides including Arsenal it begs the question, what instructions were the players given to do for training during lockdown and resuming back into training? Something definitely isn’t right there.

However, nothing has changed with the Gunners defence, which still looks as fragile as before the enforced break. Arsenal need leaders, now they haven’t got any. Oh, for the leadership chiefs such as Tony Adams and Martin Keown- who must be shaking their heads every time they watch Arsenal play- who must begin to wonder will this problem ever be rectified.

We also learn in the past few days how good a player Bruno Fernandes is and the return of a hungry Paul Pogba. I didn’t think I would ever be saying that for a long time.

Despite appearing to not be worrying about a haircut- Yes Roy there are mobile hairdressers around who will be queuing up to cut your hair- Hodgson is building a very dogged and tenacious side in Crystal Palace. Looking a very well-oiled unit, especially at the back, having not conceded a goal in almost six hours of football. Palace could be outsiders to possibly sneak into a Europa League spot come the end of the campaign.

The two W’s after the restart, Wolves and West Ham appear to be going in different directions. The Hammers are in a relegation dogfight, while Wolves are flying thanks to the brilliant duo of Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez – 23 goals this season and counting.

Another interesting point would be that since the resumption the sides struggling at the bottom of the table have really struggled since the restart. A fact that could be put down to playing home games with no crowd behind them to raise morale. However, you would have felt that with eight games to go, crowd or no crowd wouldn’t need to lift players, who know they have a massive battle on their hands to stay up.

To finish, although in most games playing with no fans present it is no material advantage to both sides, over the weekend in both Premiership and Championship games there were only five home wins out of 22 games played. When it comes to a derby match, it clearly will benefit both teams to have fans in the stadium. Take the weekend’s Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool. A game that was played with no passion and at times looked similar to a practice game. A lukewarm encounter which hardly got going. Not much commitment from both sides aside from a couple of late chances. This game desperately needed a full house at Goodison Park, which I’m sure would have given the game more of a feisty contest that normally happens in derby matches.

We must, however, remember that for the foreseeable future this is the way that football will be for a while. We will get used to it, with fan noise or not, carboard cut outs or not and drink breaks, which so far are amounting to a managers team talk on the pitch.

It is either this or nothing. I know what alternative I would rather have. Even if it means watching Mike Dean with that amazing grey beard and listening to Roy Keane bemoaning about Manchester United’s crop of current players. Welcome back Premiership, we really have missed you!

 

Hawk-Eye apologises after Goal Technology error denies Sheffield United

The Operator of the Premier League’s Goal-Line technology has apologised for an error that denied Sheffield United a goal during their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland carried Oliver Norwood’s 42nd Minaute free kick over the line but the referee, Michael Oliver did not receive a signal to indicate a goal should be awarded.

Following this unfortunate incident, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder said:

” I think the goalkeeper was halfway in the Holt End when he caught it” 

Hawk-Eye subsequently responded saying:

“It unreservedly apologises and acknowledged that the ball had in fact crossed the line.”

The SMART products company also said that it was the first time that an error of this kind has occurred since it’s introduction to the English game in over 9,000 matches. 

Wilder, who was seen walking towards Michael Oliver at half time also said:

“We went to Tottenham last year and John Lundstram’s big toe was offside and I was hanging around for 10 Minutes in the pouring rain to await a decision.  I don’t understand why I can’t wait for 10 minutes in Birmingham!”

The body responsible for Premier referees’, The Professional Match Official Limited (PGMOL) when asked why the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) had not interfered, said:

“It had not intervened due to the unique situation that the on-field match official’s was not getting a signal.”

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenberg has since told the BBC that VAR should have helped Michael and his team as they were not sure what was going on.

Clattenberg, who has refereed over 300 matches in the top flight, said:

“That this system needs to be more looked at and it aso needs to work along side the VAR and the Hawk-eye Team who work so hard together to come to the right call on the pitch”

The Hawk-Eye Company has subsequently said:  

“Hawk-Eye unreservedly apologises to the Premier League, Sheffield United and everyone affected by this incident”

In what was the first Premier League match back due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the result leaves Chris Wilder’s side 6th in the League, while Villa remain in 19th.

Villa looking to get out of the bottom three on Premiership Resumption

Following a break of just over three months, the Premier League action returns on Wednesday with a game that has implications on both ends of the table, when Aston Villa entertain Sheffield United at Villa Park in a 6.00 pm kick off.

Villa will resume after the enforced break in a perilous position in the bottom three, still two points away from safety. The visitors- in their first season back after promotion last season- are sitting in a very comfortable seventh place with 43 points, only five points off fourth placed Chelsea.

Both sides still have a game in hand over their rivals, however, so Wednesday’s match is huge for both teams.

When these sides last met they played out an enthralling 2-2 draw. The teams have met seven times in the past with The Blades edging the encounters 3-2.

Villa’s last game before the break ended in a thumping 4-0 loss to Leicester City, while Sheffield United earned all three points after a narrow 1-0 win against strugglers Norwich City at Bramall Lane.

The hosts will go into the game in poor form, having mustered just a single win in their last five league games. That sole victory was a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Watford.

By contrast the visitors will be looking to extend their fine recent run of form after compiling three victories in their last five Premiership games, two of which have been on their travels.

Villa have certainly enjoyed playing in front of their home fans, having found the net in their last ten home games but on Wednesday they will have to do so in front of no fans.

The Blades will relish travelling to Villa Park on a run of three games unbeaten, alongside picking up eight points from their last five matches.

On paper this game has the makings of being a tight cagey affair with Villa only scoring 34 goals so far in the Premiership, but having the worst defence in the division that has so far leaked 56 goals, with Sheffield United scoring 30 and only letting in just 25 goals. However, this trend may change on Wednesday after previous matches between the sides have yielded over three and a half goals per game.

The home side will be looking to midfielder Jack Grealish for inspiration and a goal to increase his tally to eight for the season,  failing to hit the net in his last seven appearances. For the Blades meanwhile, the goals have been evenly shared around by Lys Mousset and John Fleck five apiece. John Lundstram and Oliver McBurnie have also managed four goals each.

The Frenchman Mousset is on a barren run of form at the moment having failed to score since back in December, a run that stretches back to 13 matches.

Team News

Villa have lost Brazilian striker Wesley for the remainder of the season with a knee injury and will also be without goalkeeper Tom Heaton who also has a knee problem.

The visitors look to be going into Wednesday’s game with a clean bill of health.

For both clubs they desperately need to take something from their game in hand, with only nine games remaining thereafter everything is on the line for both of these great old teams.

 

 

Blades Trio Sign New Deals

Sheffield United managed to tie down three key men to new long term contracts this week, ahead of the Premier League restart on Wednesday.

Irish international David McGoldrick is the latest to do so, as the club announced on Saturday that he had penned a new deal which keeps him at the club until 2022. The 32 year-old signed on a free transfer from Ipswich in the summer of 2018 and played a pivotal role in Wilder’s side’s promotion winning campaign last year, netting 15 goals as the Blades finished runner’s up to Norwich City.

Speaking to Sheffield United’s official website McGoldrick said:

“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be spending the next two years, so I’m over the moon to sign this extension and remain part of this fantastic journey the club is on.”

He joins Blades stalwart Billy Sharp and influential vice captain Oliver Norwood in committing their long-term futures to United, in a huge coup for the club who have enjoyed a remarkable first season back in the Premier League, sitting 7th in the table before the enforced break due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sharp, who returned to his boyhood side in 2015, has also put pen to paper on a two year extension which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022, as he looks to add to his tally of 93 goals for the Blades.

Despite interest from a number of other clubs in the January window Sharp was more than happy to extend his stay at Bramall Lane, telling the club’s official site:

“This was a no brainier for me, personally. I’ve said previously I want to finish my career here and talks were pretty simple. I want to be part of this squad for the next two years and see what heights we can reach.”

Former Northern Ireland international Norwood has signed a three year deal, which will see him remain a Sheffield United player until the end of the 2022-23 campaign. He has made over 70 appearances for the Blades since arriving from Brighton in 2018, including 30 this term in the heart of Wilder’s midfield.

When quizzed on his decision to continue his spell at Sheffield United, Norwood told the club’s website:

“I’m delighted to commit my future to a club that has had the best of me. I’ll always been grateful to Sheffield United for giving me the chance to establish myself as a Premier League player”

He has also set his sights on finishing the campaign strongly, with the Blades pushing for Europa League qualification:

“We’re not settling for where we are now. We’ve all been written off in the past, but now we’ve made people sit up and take notice, we’ve proved people wrong for a long time now and that’s the mentality of the group.”

Norwood continued:

“We’re now ready to finish the season off and who knows where it will take us.”

Boss Wilder was thrilled at the significant boost, stating:

“Rewarding the likes of Billy and Ollie for their performances over the last two or three seasons is crucial because their time is far from up.”

The Blades will now continue their preparations for their first game of the Premier League restart, an away trip to face relegation threatened Aston Villa.